Soul of the Fire
Return to the world of Wizard’s First Rule, which "has everything one could ask for in an epic fantasy" (Publishers Weekly), the world of Richard Cypher, a simple woods guide who never dreamed he would get caught up in magic, war, and dangers so extraordinary that the fate of the entire world would hang on his actions and decisions.
In Wizard’s First Rule Richard and Kahlan Amnell, the Mother Confessor of the Midlands and the woman he would come to love, were the last hope against the forces of Darken Rahl, who had vowed to enslave the land on behalf of the Keeper, the evil lord of the Underworld.
Richard slowly learned to accept his true role, first as Seeker and wielder of the Sword of Truth and then, in Stone of Tears, as the new Lord Rahl and war wizard who led the fight against the Keeper and his Dark minions.
Richard managed to seal the Keeper in the Underworld and, in Blood of the Fold, defended the midlands from genocidal armies of the Blood of the Fold.
In Temple of the Winds Richard was faced with an evil even he couldn’t stand against — a dread plague loosed by the mad Emperor Jagang. Only by journeying to the Temple of the Winds was Richard able to thwart the plans of Jagang and save his world and the life of his Beloved Kahlan.
But when Kahlan summoned the dominion of the chimes to save Richard, unwittingly she loosed arcane powers that now not only threaten those she loves, but are bent on reshaping the world itself into forbidding visions that will forever alter the very nature of life itself.
Richard and Kahlan must now hunt the chimes, those most mysterious of hunters — the unseen stalkers of souls, the thieves of order — and in so doing plunge headfirst into danger perilous. For there is no place so dangerous as a world without magic.
Terry Goodkind (1948–2020) was an American writer. He was known for the epic fantasy series The Sword of Truth as well as the contemporary suspense novel The Law of Nines (2009), which has ties to his fantasy series. The Sword of Truth series sold 25 million copies worldwide and was translated into more than 20 languages. Additionally, it was adapted into a television series called Legend of the Seeker, which premiered on November 1, 2008, and ran for two seasons, ending in May 2010.
Goodkind was a proponent of Ayn Rand's philosophical approach of Objectivism, and made references to Rand's ideas and novels in his works.
The Sword of Truth is #1 New York Times bestselling author Terry Goodkind’s epic fantasy series chronicling the heroic journeys of Richard Cypher, a Seeker of Truth, Confessor Kahlan Amnell and First Order wizard Zeddicus “Zedd” Zu’l Zorander as they battle against dark forces and evil overlords seeking to subjugate the land.
The Sword of Truth consists of eleven primary works, and includes two additional books that complement the series but are not considered mandatory reads. The current recommended reading order for the series is provided below.